17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 5th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Melbourne. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

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Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

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Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in April, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 9th (Fri), stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, then browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery, then soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas journey planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Port Douglas, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online vacation planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in April, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.